Simon Murgatroyd: Writer

Simon has been writing professionally since 1992 and specialise in articles on Alan Ayckbourn and his plays as well as the history of the Stephen Joseph Theatre. He has a particular specialist interest in Alan Ayckbourn's early writing and is available for commissions; if you are interested in commissioning an article or reproducing an article, Simon can be contacted via: or via the Contact page.

Simon began writing professionally as a journalist at the Scarborough Evening News in 1992. During his seven years with the publication, he was the Arts & Entertainment's writer and the lead theatre critic, reviewing the world premieres of a number of Alan Ayckbourn's plays notably including
By Jeeves and House & Garden. He was also responsible for launching a weekly entertainments supplement within the newspaper.

Having left the Evening News in 1999 to study for an MA in Theatre and Contemporary Practise (culminating in a 45,000 word dissertation on
Fantasy In The Plays Of Alan Ayckbourn), Simon has been writing freelance articles about Alan Ayckbourn and his plays ever since.

He has written numerous articles for the world premiere productions of Alan Ayckbourn's plays since 2006 as well as for many of the playwright's own revivals. He has written pieces for programmes for the West End productions of Alan Ayckbourn's plays and his articles have also been reproduced in publications and programmes in North America, Europe and Australia. In 2017, he provided material for Alan Ayckbourn's debut at the Edinburgh International Festival with
The Divide and for its subsequent transfer to London.

Simon has also frequently written Ayckbourn-related articles for John Good Ltd for theatre programmes around the UK - including West End productions such as Trevor Nunn's West 2012 revival of
A Chorus Of Disapproval and the 2016 revival of How The Other Half Loves - as well as contributing articles for regional theatres.

Between 2011 and 2013, Simon was the co-editor and principal contributor to the quarterly
Stephen Joseph Theatre Circular for supporters of the Stephen Joseph Theatre and helped successfully launch the publication; he continues to regularly contribute features to the Circular.

For several years, Simon has also been providing syndicated interviews with Alan Ayckbourn for the Stephen Joseph Theatre, which have been published in newspapers and print media around the country, tying in with the current tour of Alan Ayckbourn's plays. He is currently employed by the theatre as a freelance author / copywriter supplying material for the Press & Marketing Department, the Development Department as well as articles for programmes, publications and the theatre's website.

In 2013, Simon published his first book,
Unseen Ayckbourn, which explores the withdrawn, unpublished and lost Ayckbourn plays. It was featured in The Stage newspaper in November 2013 and the publication also listed it amongst its best Theatre books of 2013. In 2016, a new version of the book was published, Unseen Ayckbourn: Illustrated Edition. Further details of which can be found here.

He has also worked with the noted Ayckbourn expert Albert-Reiner Glaap and contributed to two of his publications,
New Landmarks In Ayckbourn Country (2014) and Confusions To Roundelay: Stages In Ayckbourn's Creative Work (2015), both published by Wissenschaftlicher Verlag Trier.

If you have any enquiries relating to Simon's writing as well as commissioning or reproducing articles, please visit the
Contact page or alternatively, he can be contacted between 9am and 3pm on: 07473 499686.